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Guest post: This is not testable science

Dec 5th, 2023 10:22 am | By

Originally a comment by Sastra on Confused stan.

“If you identify as a woman, you ARE a woman” is a “scientific consensus?” I don’t think so.

The late great Skepdoc Harriet Hall noted a common practice in pseudoscience and came up with an apt analogy and descriptive term: Tooth Fairy Science.

It’s perfectly possible for scientists to do studies on how much money the ToothFairy leaves in different countries, and whether she values front teeth more than molars or pillows more than bedside tables. Elaborate surveys measuring the satisfaction level of the children who receive a visit vs those who don’t could be sent out and results put in tables and diagrams. A substantial body of Tooth Fairy Science … Read the rest

Confused stan

Dec 5th, 2023 8:56 am | By

This guy said these two things almost in the same breath.

Facts don’t care about your feelings. Ok, got it.

Very next tweet:

If you identify as a woman you are a woman. So, facts don’t care about your feelings, and if you feel you are a woman, it’s a fact that you are a woman.

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Like with like

Dec 5th, 2023 8:37 am | By

You’d think the Times would know how to report on this subject accurately.

Tory rebels seek ban on conversion therapy

Rishi Sunak is facing a fresh Commons row after a group of Tory MPs threw their weight behind a bill to ban conversion therapy.

Former senior ministers and the first openly transgender MP are among those who have co-sponsored a private member’s bill to clamp down on the practice.

Sunak backed away from the long-promised ban on attempts to change someone’s sexuality and gender identity by not including it in his King’s Speech last month.

Sexual orientation is one thing and “gender identity” is very much another. That means reporting shouldn’t talk about “conversion therapy” as if it applied to … Read the rest

Shifting the risk

Dec 5th, 2023 7:09 am | By

Prof Francione sums it up:

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Unless they really really want to

Dec 5th, 2023 7:06 am | By

When in doubt, put trans women first. No actually skip the “when in doubt” part – just put trans women first, no matter what.

Trans women who have hurt or threatened women or girls will not be held in female prisons unless there are “exceptional” circumstances, new guidance states.

Men shouldn’t be held in women’s prisons at all, ever. Women aren’t bits of armor for men to put on when things get violent.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) policy follows a public outcry after a rapist was sent to a women’s prison.

Really? A public outcry? Gosh, people are so touchy.

Under previous guidance drawn up in 2014, the prison service allowed all prisoners to be placed in facilities

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Alumni who joined in the atrocities

Dec 4th, 2023 3:11 pm | By

National Review tells us:

Germany announced it would be freezing funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a body specifically dedicated to Palestinian refugees, amid reports it has distributed antisemitic material, incited violence, and had alumni who participated in the October 7 atrocities in Israel.

So much for uniting nations.

Berlin has contributed nearly a billion dollars to UNRWA in the last five years, making it the single largest donor to the agency, which has come under renewed scrutiny since the Israel-Hamas war began for its record of failing to prevent foreign aid from falling into the terror group’s hands.

“UNRWA is not making a contribution to a peaceful solution,” Max Lucks of the Green

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Harvard’s ranking has deteriorated each year

Dec 4th, 2023 10:40 am | By

Harvard and The New Diversity:

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Dear President Gay, Since my letter to you of November 4th to which you did not reply or even acknowledge, I have received substantial feedback and input from senior members of the Harvard faculty about a number of the issues I raised in my letter concerning free speech, antisemitism, and the impact of the Office of Equity,

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As your MP I will welcome you to look up my skirt

Dec 4th, 2023 8:36 am | By

Jeeeezus this guy. Notice anything a little off about this “campaign photo”?

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Dec 4th, 2023 5:15 am | By

Takes my breath away.

Block that puberty! Take those cross-sex hormones! What could possibly go wrong?!

They’re not just saying we can help, they’re actively pushing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. They’re actively encouraging people to ruin their bodies and lives.… Read the rest

Make it like a Barbie doll’s

Dec 4th, 2023 5:00 am | By

Women are getting their genitals carved up to be more porny.

The increasingly popular cosmetic surgical procedure of labiaplasty is a western form of female genital mutilation (FGM), says Caroline de Costa, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology.

In modern culture, “the desire for labiaplasty is predominantly based on dissatisfaction with genital appearance and not on functional complaints”, says de Costa, adjunct professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, who will be speaking at a Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) alumnae event in Dublin this week. Yet, relatively little is known about variations in the appearance of the labia, so what is perceived as “normal” is influenced by what somebody sees in idealised photographs in

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All four corners

Dec 4th, 2023 4:34 am | By

Pattern detection.

Yes but he’ll do it in lipstick.

Gosh, no, everyone thought you’d just put in a few token hours, bro.

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He was elated

Dec 4th, 2023 4:24 am | By

Man brags that he won’t let women keep him from cheating women.

As soon as I put in a 180 – the highest score possible with three darts – shortly followed by the 110-close that I practice daily, the match was called.

I had just become the first transgender person to win the New Zealand Women’s Open in July 2022 – and I was elated.

But much more to the point, he had just become the first man to win the New Zealand Women’s Open. It doesn’t sound quite so fabulous put that way, does it. He was elated at his success in cheating a woman out of winning the NZ Women’s Open; go him.

Unfortunately, immediately after my

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Guest post: The next moral paradigm shift

Dec 4th, 2023 4:03 am | By

Originally a comment by Artymorty on The dream has curdled.

If we’re being charitable, we can look at the The American Dream as a symbol of the moral system that America embodied for two centuries: a dignity culture: “opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”

Sociologists have argued that societies tend to develop from honour cultures to dignity cultures to victimhood cultures as the role of government grows.

The US started out with little centralized, organized authority to keep the peace. Conflicts had to be resolved personally, so blood feuds and duels became commonplace, and honour was the moral currency of the time.

At the turn of the 19th Century following the establishment of the U.S. Constitution, … Read the rest

Wrong person for the job

Dec 3rd, 2023 4:28 pm | By

A news items from a couple of weeks ago:

The University of Alberta has fired Samantha Pearson, the director of the Sexual Assault Centre, after she signed an open letter penned by ousted Ontario MPP Sarah Jama that calls into question whether Israeli women were subjected to rape and sexual violence during a Hamas attack on Oct. 7.

If you’re the director of a sexual assault center your job is not to be skeptical of particular rapes and acts of sexual violence based on your political views.

Jama, an Independent MPP from Hamilton, Ont., was the letter’s first signatory. She was booted from the NDP caucus last month after making controversial comments in support of Palestinians.

Pearson signed the

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Guest post: The dream has curdled

Dec 3rd, 2023 2:24 pm | By

Originally a comment by Rob on He channels their diffuse anger.

For years, decades really, the American Dream has been dead. For people born in America anyway. But politicians, pundits, and commentators have banged on about it regardless – I suspect mostly because if they admit that the Dream is over they would have to construct some other meaningful framework to hold this vast and disparate society together. As the Dream dies, so does the concept of American exceptionalism. Sure, America is still exceptional, but it is no longer singularly so. It is no longer the top dog in every field of endeavour and is unlikely to be so again. Arguably it never was, and where it was, that … Read the rest

He channels their diffuse anger

Dec 3rd, 2023 10:41 am | By

Sums it up perfectly.

I looked up the Salt Lake Tribune cartoonist: his name is Pat Bagley.… Read the rest

The truth for once

Dec 3rd, 2023 10:11 am | By

Why yes. Thanks for the admission.

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Minimal privacy

Dec 3rd, 2023 9:58 am | By

If girls want privacy they should stay home, the little sluts.

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Because of a mismatch

Dec 3rd, 2023 9:28 am | By

World’s first tampons for men

Vuokkoset, a Finnish company released the controversial new sanitary product earlier this month to coincide with Transgender Awareness week and International Men’s day. The product comes in a dark blue box which bears the words “For Men” on one side, but then extends this phrase around the packaging so it eventually reads “For Menstruation”. On another side of the packet it is stated that “periods are not a gender issue”.

Vuokkoset has said in a statement online that it launched the period product to “raise the issue of genderness of hygiene products and the anxiety related to menstruation in trans men”.

Yeah the “genderness” of products designed to absorb menstrual blood – why would such … Read the rest

You have your instructions

Dec 3rd, 2023 8:13 am | By
You have your instructions

Who doesn’t love being told exactly what to say?

Also exactly what not to say?

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